Mount Roberts Tram to replace haul rope

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009

JUNEAU - Goldbelt Incorporated, owner of the Mount Roberts Tramway, will replace the main tramway cable later this month. The original cable has been in service for 12 years and has hauled more than 2.3 million passengers to the mountaintop and back.

The new cable, 8,000 feet long and weighing 28,000 pounds, must be temporarily spliced onto the existing cable and then threaded through the Tramway's machinery and upper terminal infrastructure before returning to the South Franklin Street base station.

Leitner-Poma of America will perform the work with a crew of nine technicians, supported by tramway staff, helicopters and specialized pulling, tensioning and rigging equipment.

Work is scheduled to begin Feb. 23, and will last about 16 days, according to Goldbelt Aerial Tramway General Manager George Reifenstein.

A traffic control plan established for the project includes routing pedestrian traffic to the Northeast side of South Franklin Street between Taku Smokeries and the Tram Plaza Building. The north entrance to the tramway terminal and the sidewalk in front of the tramway parking lot will be closed for equipment staging during the project.

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